Ned Beatty, 83, passed away in sleep this morning from natural causes. Mr. Beatty who was equally adept in both comedic and dramatic roles, alternated between feature films and television roles making whatever production he was in better.
Ned Beatty began his career in John Boorman’s highly regarded adaptation of James Dickey’s novel Deliverance starring Burt Reynolds, Jon Voight and Ronny Cox. Mr. Beatty then went on to have a career in feature films and television that lasted over 40 years and packed his resume with 166 acting credits. He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Network.
Ned Beatty was one of this character actors who was good in any role he took on and that kept him in demand. Mr. Beatty’s feature film highlights include six films with Burt Reynolds, Superman and Superman II with Christopher Reeve, as well as Nashville, Network, 1941 and Back to School. His television credits include: Gunsmoke. The Execution of Private Slovik, MASH, Hawaii 5-0, The Rockford Files and so many more.
Ned Beatty was always a welcome addition whenever he appeared on screen. The enormity of his resume would make any actor proud. What a career!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ned Beatty’s family, friends and fans.